It’s time to say farewell to the oldest living alternate game mode in League of Legends. Riot Games has recently announced that the “Twisted Treeline,” game mode will be retiring this year at the end of season 9.
Although “Twisted Treeline” flew under the radar of many players, the game mode did have its dedicated fanbase. Because of its general lack of any substantial popularity, however, the map is set to be removed before the year is out.
“Twisted Treeline” featured a unique set of rules and items, and was the only 3v3 game mode in League of Legends. In spite of the map’s inspired design and access to ranked competitive matches, its primary use was not serious play. “Twisted Treeline” was mostly used to level up new accounts for sale or “smurfing.”
Because of Riot’s choice to dedicate “Teamfight Tactics” as a new permanent game mode, “Twisted Treeline” will be retiring. As sad as it is for some, this decision by Riot seems to be a healthy one for the game. “Teamfight Tactics” has seen massive success and adoring reception.
In addition to this, Riot has pledged to continue updating the “ARAM” game mode to keep it alive and relevant. “Nexus Blitz” and some form of “URF” mode have also been stated to return before the year’s end.
While this turn of events is viewed by some to be a tragedy, many are relieved. “Teamfight Tactics” and League’s other most popular game modes will receive regular updates. This unique and well-received avenues of gameplay are being solidified and improved with intent and consistency.
At the end of the day, “Twisted Treeline” needed to fall on its sword so that “Teamfight Tactics” could live. Thus, a new era of gameplay begins.
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